Let’s face it, our love for clothing, design and niche culture stems from our undying urge to be different. We definitely condone that. If you want something that is truly one-of-a-kind, the term “repurposed garment” may put a smile on your face. We rounded up our favorite goods that were crafted from, well, other goods. Whether it’s a military blanket-turned-tote bag or hats made from midcentury curtains, there’s an exciting and unique world of product to explore. See our picks below.
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Rebuild, a sub-label of a sub-label, is Needles‘ established venture into the market of repurposed garments. This stylish Frankenstein button-down is made from seven flannels that have been deconstructed to single strips and then reconstructed into a unified piece. With only one left in stock, we suggest you purchase it now or you will be left in the DIY market. ($296)
To complement the above flannel shirt is a pair of cut-off shorts by, you guessed it, Rebuild by Needles. Albeit sewn together in Japan, these trousers pledge your allegiance to the United States as they are adorned with American flags, names of servicemen and either a US Air Force or US Army patch. These reinterpreted cargo shorts are great for those seeking a sturdy outdoors offering. ($176)
Rebuild by Needles BDU Peaked Lapel Jacket
It doesn’t end. Evident from the last two items, we are huge fans of Rebuild by Needles. This olive military-inspired jacket is entitled BDU since it is a garment repurposed from old Battle Dress Uniforms. Each and every piece is assembled and stitched uniquely. ($642)
Floral Barkcloth Bucket Hat by WINWEL
WINWEL, a young label founded by Thomas Welch, ventures into world of bucket hats via repurposed materials. It’s not often that we discover a hat crafted from old fabric, let alone 1950s barkcloth — a thick, slubby material once popularly utilized for home decor. Although floral prints are commonly sported in the warmer months, we think the heavyweight bucket can hold its own all year round. This is the first in a series of made-in-New York headwear from the Brooklyn-based label. Visit WINWEL for more details about the impending release.
Sasquatchfabrix and Nepenthes found a way to enliven destroyed college sweaters. Although this crewneck boasts a tattered look, it gains new life with the addition of a button snap enclosure. The lucky alumni of Iowa State, Virginia Tech and University of California San Diego (to name a few) can purchase their Alma Mater’s modified garments at Nepenthes Japan. ($216)
Blue Blue Japan Gauze Fabric Patchwork Indigo Coverall
Though this garment is not actually repurposed, the overall aesthetic mimics the look of a reconstructed jacket. Sashiko stitching is used to organize the patchwork interior which also gives the exterior a quirky inside-out appeal. Part of their pure indigo-dye collection, this is one of the best dyed pieces we have found in the flooded market. ($667)
This anorak was constructed from fishing nets. More often than not, brands sacrifice style when opting for functional and environmentally-friendly garments. However, with a vibrant green exterior and a camouflage zipper, this Cool Hunting anorak does just the opposite. This lightweight jacket is not only waterproof, but it also collapses into a small pouch. ($175)
Who knew backpacks were better with age? From the looks of it, Christopher Raeburn and Mr Porter. This camouflage carryall stands the test of time as it is constructed from 1950s military capes, deadstock military mesh and British forces military bivouac fabric. With back and shoulder padding and a reinforced base, this rucksack is built to last an additional 60 years. ($527)
Discovering a repurposed garment that looks brand new is a rare occurrence, but Workers Japan victoriously bring forth old school materials with modern flare. As a result of an intricate restoration process, the Bal Collar Coat is a timeless and minimalistic heavyweight parka. ($423)
Atelier de l’Armée Deadstock Denim and Canvas Aprons
The folks at Atelier de l’Armée took deadstock selvage denim and heavy waxed canvas to fashion these sturdy aprons. Wear it in the kitchen, workshop, backyard, or wherever else you need to look talented and manly. ($226, $213)
Ruell and Ray Spence Slim 14-oz Natural Jeans
Another piece made from deadstock fabric is this pair of jeans by Ruell and Ray. The brand only deliver one-of-a-kind, handmade garments from deadstock materials sourced from around the world. We particularly like these denim pants because of their unusual natural color. ($177)
Army Carpenter’s Bag by Cockpit USA
Cockpit USA utilize WWII issue wool blankets to create durable tote bags. Every blanket used has its own blemishes and markings, making each bag highly unique. ($160)